Skip to main content Skip to footer


Isle of Islay Gin

Nerabus Gorse Navy

We have made both our Nerabus Heather Navy and our Nerabus Gorse Navy 57% abv – traditional Navy Strength Gin.

Why Choose 57% alcohol content?
The British Royal Navy would often keep their gin on board their vessels below deck where they also stored their gunpowder. To ensure that the merchants providing the gin were not selling diluted spirits. It is thought that they would test out how strong their gin was by testing it on a small sample of gunpowder soaked in spirit. If the gunpowder didn’t light then the gin had been diluted down, if the gunpowder still lit then they knew that the gin was at least 57% abv (114 proof); it became therefore known as Navy Strength Gin.

Tasting Notes
The sweet almond comes through the most in the Nerabus Gorse Navy Strength. The spirit is strong and delicate and the sweet almond is a powerful flavour. First taste the gin neat on the roof of your mouth. You will feel the warmth of the strength of the gin. Next, swallow a small amount neat and you will feel the heat on your throat.

To Serve
If you like your spirit tasting strong, then just add a block of ice. You can also keep your Navy Gin in the fridge. Pour over a block of ice, add a slice of lemon and Mediterranean or Indian tonic.

Isle of Islay Gin

Visit our Visitor Centre at Islay Square or order your bottle online today.